Maria Lucia Cruz Correia

Natural Contract Lab

Founder of Natural Contract Lab and activating member with Tejo river, Rhone river, Sebkhet Sejoumi and Zenne river.

Maria Lucia Cruz Correia’s cross-sectoral and hybrid practice speaks to her deep engagement with the ecological crises as a guardian of nature. Since 2009, her work reacts to the climate emergency and environmental conflicts of our times by bringing audiences and communities into participatory laboratories. These temporary collaborative processes are like a living organism that grows in kinship with ecologists, rivers, activists, resilient plants, environmental lawyers, restorative justice practitioners (…). Correia’s visual installations, action performances and participatory laboratories express a sense of geo-politics, environmental advocacy and kinship with the more-than-human-world. Her artistic practice weaves rituals of care, embodied performance, walking-with practice and social design to fabulate environmental social services, such as “Urban Action Clinic”, “Common Dreams School”, “voiceofnatureKINSTITUTE” and “Natural Contract lab” . These proposals are attempts to engage communities with tools from rights of nature, restorative justice, environmental grief, regenerative activism, climate survival and reciprocal care for critical landscapes.

From 2013 to 2019, Correia was an artist in residency at VierNuelvier, Gent. In 2017, she received the Roel Verniers Prijs at the Theaterfestival with her first theater piece Voice of nature: the Trial. In 2019, she founded an artistic fabulation to imagine artistic tools for environmental justice called voice of nature KINSTITUTE that was shortlisted for COAL prize. Her work has been supported by Imagine 2020, Displacement Uncertain Journeys (SW), Be Part (EU) Green Art Lab Alliance (Gala),TerraBatida (PT). Between 2020-22 she was a trajectory artist of Wpzimmer(BE). In 2022-24 she became a trajectory artist in the new artist organization LEAST(SW) and a firekeeper for the World Ethic Forum between 2022 and 2027.